Joelle Puccio BSN RN

Director of Education

Joelle Puccio is a registered nurse with 17 years of experience in Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care.


She worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a peer run syringe access program in Seattle, WA, and now serves on the Board of Directors.


She has been invited to speak at conferences convened by the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and more.


She currently travels the country in her RV with her partner and 2 cats as a travel nurse, in order to learn about the experience of families affected by perinatal substance use and pregnancy criminalization in varying geographic areas.


Her main interest is the intersection of drug user rights and feminism.


She became passionate about advocating for people who use drugs after realizing that everything she had been taught about drugs from childhood through nursing school was wrong.



photo by Lucas Anderson

Joelle was featured in the Harm Reduction Coalition's "Amplifying Hope" series.

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